Dear Mr. Veen: there's no one on this earth I'd rather share a smile and laugh with. Your eye crinkles are the BEST! Dear Ella: you are almost nine years old! I'm so proud of you and the way you've grown in confidence this year. Dear Spring: I love the hope you bring to my rain soaked soul. Thank you for tulips, bright green grass and the promise of warmer days. Dear One Direction: seriously, could you be any cuter? I love my indie music - but there's something inherently fun about a little peppy boy band bubble gum tune once in awhile. Dear Jake: I wish I could protect you from all things that hurt - like broken hearts when good friends move away. What a sweet and tender soul you are. Dear me, myself and I: psst....you get a whole day OFF today! Yippee!!